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Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ will be an acid test for restoring apprenticeship starts

Date published: 30.07.2020

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Government’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ will be an acid test for restoring apprenticeship starts

AELP welcomes boost for traineeships and apprenticeships in Chancellor’s ‘Plan for Jobs’

Date published: 08.07.2020

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The Chancellor has revealed a sizeable package to combat youth unemployment as he set out the plan to help Britain bounce back from Covid-19. Sunak’s ‘Plan for Jobs’ focused on supporting, protecting and creating jobs across the UK, as the country enters the next phase of recovery following the coronavirus outbreak. Central to this plan is the £2bn Kickstart Scheme, which aims to create hundreds of thousands of new, high-quality government-subsidised jobs for unemployed young people.

AELP responds to government’s £111m boost for traineeships

Date published: 06.07.2020

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On the government’s announcement to triple the number of traineeships as part of its post-Covid economic recovery measures (https://bbc.in/3f3QfvT), AELP chief executive Mark Dawe said: “This is a fantastic first step in recognising the challenges we will face in supporting young people this autumn. Many of our member providers are keen to deliver traineeships and they have working relationships with 350,000 employers who can be engaged on this.

Latest apprenticeship data shows continued impact of the pandemic on the programme

Date published: 25.06.2020

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There were 26,090 apprenticeship starts reported between 23 March and 31 May 2020, fewer than the 50,050 reported for this period at this point last year, a decrease of 47.9%. Intermediate apprenticeships (L2) accounted for 26.9 per cent of starts; this was 37.1 per cent in 2018/19. Vacancies also slumped with the numbers for April and May 2020 (the first two full months for which data are available since the coronavirus restrictions were implemented on 23 March) being 2,020 and 1,850, which

AELP responds to the latest increase in unemployment

Date published: 16.06.2020

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Responding to today’s ONS data showing that since the pandemic began, unemployment has risen to 2.8m and youth unemployment has doubled to half a million, AELP chief executive Mark Dawe said:

AELP statement regarding legal advice on Cabinet Office guidance PPN 02/20

Date published: 01.06.2020

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Following careful consideration by its Board, the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) has decided that it will not pursue legal action against the Department for Education in relation to Procurement Policy Note 02/20: Supplier relief due to COVID-19, published by the Cabinet Office on 20 March 2020.

Covid-19 update: Flexibilities announced for traineeships

Date published: 07.05.2020

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Covid-19 update: Flexibilities announced for traineeships The DfE has announced new flexibilities to help maintain traineeship provision during the pandemic. On its published flexibilities request list, AELP had pointed out that due to Covid-19, there are scenarios where are trainees are stuck on programme without a work placement and trainees wanting to start their traineeships, but lacking work placement opportunities. We said that flexibility was required – for example, trainees could

AELP publishes legal advice in relation to the DfE's exclusion of levy funded apprenticeships from the scope of Cabinet Office Covid-19 government contractor protection guidance

Date published: 30.04.2020

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During Wednesday morning’s session of the Education Committee, the Secretary of State for Education was asked by Labour MP Ian Mearns why didn’t the DfE immediately comply with the Cabinet Office Covid-19 guidance for paying government contractors and announce support for those providers with an Education and Skills Funding Agency apprenticeships contract. Gavin Williamson replied, “We always comply with Cabinet Office guidance and we always will do”.

AELP statement concerning legal advice in respect of provider relief

Date published: 22.04.2020

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The Board of the Association of Employment and Learning Providers met on Tuesday and, as part of the agenda, considered the contents of the letter dated 17 April 2020 sent by the Apprenticeships and Skills Minister to all MPs in England on the Department for Education’s intention to provide support for apprenticeships and adult education. The minister’s letter made it clear that the proposed support would only be available to providers in respect of apprenticeships offered by non-levy paying

AELP responds to Gillian Keegan’s letter of 17 April 2020 to all MPs on apprenticeships and AEB

Date published: 21.04.2020

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Association of Employment and Learning Providers chief executive Mark Dawe said: “Following the DfE statement dated 17 April on the possibility of some financial support for providers of apprenticeships and adult education, AELP is pleased that the minister has promised to MPs that further details will be published by the end of this week. “However in the absence of published criteria so far, we are concerned that the proposed “targeted support” will involve some form of arbitrary selection of

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